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How Jon Foo Got the Lead in "Tekken"

Posted: March 26th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
How Jon Foo Got the Lead in "Tekken"Submit Comment
Kelly Wagner, casting director for the movie adaptation of the video game "Tekken," told Sci Fi Wire that she sought actors who could legitimately fight and also act.

"One of the most frustrating things is when you're watching a movie, and it's so obvious that your actor's not doing the physicality," said Wagner.

The lead, Jon Foo, comes from Thai martial-arts cinema. Foo plays Jin Kazama, the young fighter who could bring down the Tekken corporation. "We found him in Thailand," Wagner said. "John Foo sent a tape in from Thailand that he had filmed of himself, and then we flew him out here for a screen test."

For some of the supporting roles, fighting trumped acting, but Foo had to be a black belt in both. "We used a lot of real martial artists in that," Wagner said. "We used Cung Le, who's a UFC fighter. We used a bunch of martial artists that didn't need to have as much of acting roles as they did, but our lead, Jin, had to be able to do both. That movie was pretty tough to cast because there was a good five or six roles. The leading roles needed to be really stellar actors, because it's a drama piece, but at the same time, we wanted to find people who could legitimately do their martial arts."

Click here to read more about "Tekken."

Source: Sci-Fi Wire


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guitar_dudester91 writes:
on March 26th, 2009 at 5:24:26 PM

They better have Paul and Yoshumitsu.
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 26th, 2009 at 7:03:18 PM

'The leading roles needed to be really stellar actors, because it's a drama piece'....i thought the whole idea of tekken was mainly about a fighting tournament or tournamentsssss...anyway...i hope the trailer keeps my eyes glued cuz dragonball sure didn't
sleepcheap writes:
on March 26th, 2009 at 11:35:45 PM

well let's hope he gets an Oscar.
WAFFLE MAN writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 12:21:18 AM

I'm sure this is gonna suck to like dragon ball and it's flying H2's lol.
MrSammich writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 2:05:52 AM

Trust me WAFFLE MAN, it can't suck like Dragonball. No two things can suck on that level within one decade. And if it can, we shout to god for help and he'll answer 'No' lol.
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 3:00:16 AM

hahaha...funny stuff...well one of the reasons i credit this over the new streetfighter and dragonball is cuz the guy who plays shang tsung from mortal kombat is in it...so that's sayin somethin's better than those other two...heh...fans in japan will eat it alive
dwightschrute writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 10:09:13 AM

Hope they included Panda bear in the movie :D
WAFFLE MAN writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 4:16:20 PM

Mortal Kombat was awesome compared to any other game movie so far except for the wisdom ending crap "face your self crap" and the lack of blood if it was remade now I bet it would be a hit.
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 27th, 2009 at 8:54:43 PM

would have been SO sick to see human smoke....and uhh hmm..chameleon haha...sektor, kung lao, kintaro, kabal...yup
EvolutionMaster511 writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 10:57:46 AM

They better have Hwoarang and Lee Chaolan.

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